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Nor-Oeste (North-West)

 

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Location: Merida, Venezuela, South America

Object Title: Nor-Oeste (North-West)

Route Type: Basic Snow?Glacier Climb and maybe some Ice Climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk Up and some 5.6 rock climbing

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Page By: Miguel Angel Perez

Created/Edited: Dec 23, 2002 / Dec 23, 2002

Object ID: 157530

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Approach


From La Mucuy National Park Station, go through the normal rout up to the Green Lagoon.

Route Description


From Merida take a Bus to Tabay. Then take a Jeep to La Mucuy National Park Station. From there you start the walking toward La Coromoto Lagoon. 3-5 hours. (1st. Camp). Next day you'll wa;k up to the Green Lagoon.4-5 hours (2nd Camp).
The Nor-Oeste route starts from the Green Lagoon Campsite and goes around the lagoon toward the glacier. The hike to the base of the glacier is quite steep through loose rocks morraines and then polished kind rock morraines. (3-5 hours). Then you'll attack the glacier by its north-west side climbing up directly to its highest part. (1-2 hours). The upper part of the galcier climb gets less steeper until is completly flat and you can choose either to the left to the Humboldt Summit or the the right to the Bonpland Summit.
To the Bonpland Summit you go through the Humboldt-Bonpland Ridge and cross to the left side until you get to the summit. This part is the most technical and depending on the season you may require ice-climbing techniques. (1-3 hours).

Essential Gear


Crampons, Ice Axe, Rope and Security gear for each party (Harness, ATC, Carabiners, ...)

Miscellaneous Info


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